Quick call out for reading recommendations …

Hello fellow pub archs,

2015 continues to pace by, and my project has altered a little bit. I’m going to spend the first week of May walking the Sussex stretch of the Southdown’s Way, singing songs as I go. I’m going to do a podcast for each day with a bit about the route, the songs, the singers/collectors, the archaeological aspects of the area, and perhaps snippets from other writers and some oral history. In performance studies/cultural geography I’m on the post-phenomenological spectrum, I have my own theorists for that area, but I’m wondering who I should be using for interpretative/phenomenological archaeology? Any thoughts/advice/suggestions greatly welcomed.

Thanking you,



3 thoughts on “Quick call out for reading recommendations …

    • Actually, it was Olsen 2010 In Defence of Things: Archaeology and the Ontology of Objects with the landscape archaeology critique (Chapter 2), but Olsen et al 2013 is relevant too for new materialities.

  1. Hi Emma,

    The classic starting point is Chis Tilley’s Phenomenology of Landscape (1994) which has been very influencial for introducing these concepts to Archaeology, although it has its limitations. Also Julian Thomas from around the same time, such as Time, Culture and Identity (1996). Bender, Tilley and Hamilton use phemomological approaches in Stone Worlds (2007) from their work at Leskernick, Bodmin Moor. These early approaches have been critised, for example see Joanna Bruck’s (2005) review in Experiencing the Past: The development of a Phenomological Archaeology in British Prehistory, Archaeological Dialogues 12(1) 45-72 – this is the best general summary (for a critical rant see Fleming 2006 Post-processual Landscape Archaeology: a critique, Cambridge Archaeological Journal 16(3) 267-280!!). Also Johnson 2012 Phenomological Approaches in Landscape Archaeology, Annual Review of Anthopology Vol. 41, 269-283. For more recent object orientated archaeology and a critique of landscape/phenomological archaeology see Olsen et al 2012 Archaeology: The Discipline of Things.

    Hope that helps for now!

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